As a Christian Quaker living in a post-Christian Quaker culture, I'm occasionally called upon to explain my Christianity to my fellow Quakers. I recently did this by saying 'Jesus is the key that unlocks my experience of the world'. I was then asked 'could you say more about that?', and I didn't really have an … Continue reading Jesus the key to my experience
Dear readers and followers of Jolly Quaker, 2018 has been a quieter year on the blog than I'd anticipated, and I haven't produced the bumper crop of posts I'd hoped for, but in many ways this has been a good year for the blog behind the scenes. I'm still operating on the principle that when … Continue reading Thank you to my readers in 2018
This is a theological 'threshing'. In the Quaker tradition, threshing is a lively process of getting to the heart of an issue, separating the wheat from the chaff. When a theological problem bugs me, I want to thresh it out! I may not come up with an answer, but hopefully I'll bring out some important … Continue reading Do Quakers have souls?
I've written a piece for the Woodbrooke Learning Blog on how religion at its best teaches us to live adventurously in a dangerous world. You can find it here. The Woodbrooke blog unfortunately has no comments facility, so feel free to comment on it here. Enjoy!
Dear readers and followers of Jolly Quaker, 2017 has, in one way or another, been a challenging year for me, but blogging continues to be one of my chief joys. I write this blog for myself. It helps me organise and articulate my thoughts. The act of writing a post and putting it out there … Continue reading Thank you to my readers
In this post I'm going to get rather theological. Hopefully in a clear and understandable way. I recently wrote an essay for my theology MA, exploring the modern Western theological movement known as postliberalism. I'd like to have a go at explaining it in a less technical way, whilst also reflecting on what it might have … Continue reading ‘I’m religious, not spiritual’: Postliberalism for Quakers
Last week I was present at the 'No Faith in War' day, part of the 'Stop the Arms Fair' week of action. Here are my reflections on what I witnessed. The ortolan is a small bird, considered in some countries to be a delicacy. It is kept in darkness, or perhaps blinded, causing it to … Continue reading Arms fairs, Ortolans and the Apocalypse
Greenbelt, is a festival of arts, justice and faith that takes place at Boughton House near Kettering in the Midlands of England. It's become almost an annual pilgrimage for me, and this year, helped by the glorious weather, it has refreshed and inspired me in unexpected ways. One of the highlights of the festival was … Continue reading Be a God-Bearer: A Quaker Mariology
The George Gorman Lecture is given at the Yearly Meeting Gatherings of Quakers in Britain by a younger Friend. Tim Gee delivered the 2017 Gorman Lecture - 'Movement Building from Stillness' - on Wednesday 2 August. I would like to congratulate Tim on his excellent, engaging and thought provoking lecture. He presented hard truths in … Continue reading Re-Membering Scripture: a footnote to the 2017 George Gorman Lecture
Finding doctrines that work Doctrine is one of those words that you might not associate with liberal Quakerism. We might look at doctrinal debates of the past - such as whether the Son is of the same substance as the Father, or of a similar substance (the 4th Century Arian controversy), or whether the Holy … Continue reading Quakers and White privilege: the seed of the serpent?